Level 3

Learning Mentor

Reference Number: ST0148

Details of the apprenticeship standard and occupational profile:

Mentoring is – and has been for centuries – the foundation of vocational training and apprenticeships, yet this standard is the first formal recognition of this role.

Nowadays, mentoring takes place in all parts of the Education and Training Sector (ETS) and staff-development contexts. LMs support learners of all ages, and all levels, to develop within a new work role.

These learners may be, for example, apprentices, trainees or new recruits (ranging from young entrants, to new CEOs) in the workplace, or in any vocational learning environment.

LMs will have sector-specific experience and qualifications, as determined by their employer or professional body, which they use to guide and advise those who are less experienced and new to a work role.

The LM is therefore a ‘dual professional’ having both up-to-date knowledge and skills in a specialist vocational or subject area, together with the generic skills necessary to support learners (as potentially a first step towards a secondary role as an education and training professional).

LMs therefore support the development of learners’ knowledge, skills and behaviours, throughout their programme, particularly in applying theoretical learning in practical work environments (and usually on a one-to-one, or small group, basis).

They give practical, technical and/or pastoral support and guidance.  LMs collaborate closely with colleagues, other ETS professional, employers and/or human resource colleagues to meet learners’ needs and achieve their potential.

Facts

QAN603/3831/3
TypeEnd-point Assessment
Level3
Product CodeL3EPALM
Duration of Apprenticeship12 months (this does not include EPA)
EPA Components1. 2 x Learner Mentor Observations (LMOs)
2. Professional discussion

Before going forward for End-point Assessment, the apprentice must:

  • Achieved Level 1 Safeguarding
  • Achieved Level 2 English, Maths and ICT (if not already held or valid alternatives)
  • Complete the apprentice ‘showcase’

The EPA period should only start once the employer is satisfied that the apprentice is consistently working at or above the level set out in the occupational standard, that is to say they have achieved occupational competence. In making this decision, the employer may take advice from the apprentice’s training provider(s), but the decision must ultimately be made solely by the employer.

Apprentices must not be put forward for their End-point Assessment before they are ready.

Further information can be found at the Institute for Apprenticeships & Technical Education (IfATE) webpage: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/learning-mentor-v1-0

Assessment Plan